Gio Ponti and Paolo De Poli - Design New York Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Milan

  • Exhibited

    "Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer," Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, October 18, 2018-May 5, 2019

  • Literature

    "Nella mostra 'Formes Idées d'Italie,'" Domus, no. 329, April 1957, p. 25
    Gio Ponti, De Poli: Smalti, Enamels, Émaux, Emaile, Esmaltes, Milan, 1958, fig. 36
    Roberto Aloi, L'Arredamento moderno, settima serie, Milan, 1964, p. 53
    Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi, eds., Il Design Italiano Degli Anni ’50, Milan, 1985, p. 192
    Ugo La Pietra, ed., Gio Ponti, New York, 2009, pp. 312, 315
    Alberto Bassi and Serena Maffioletti, ed., Paolo De Poli: artigiano, imprenditore, designer, Padua, 2017, throughout

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gio Ponti designed a series of animal figurines and masks with Paolo de Poli. Ponti designed the forms while de Poli perfected the enamel glaze on the copper figures. The present lot is a wonderful example of this collaboration and is particularly noteworthy as it was recently chosen for the Gio Ponti exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.


Pair of "Gatto" statuettes, model no. 1012

circa 1956
Enameled copper.
Each: 2 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (7 x 34.3 x 8.9 cm)
Underside of each signed De Poli and with paper label printed SMALTI/DE POLI/35139 PADOVA and "GATTO" dis. Gio Ponti/smalto-su-rame in pen.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $12,500

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New York Auction 17 December 2019